Posted on Nov 19, 2019
Graduation!
 
We feel like Proud Parents! For many years now, our Rotary club; Port  Townsend Sunrise Rotary, along with many of us personally like Kathy Raab, Marianne Walters, and Charlie and Jayne Neu have supported a small Rotary project in Rwanda led by a fellow Rotarian, John Jordan from Victoria, Canada. He came to our Rotary club as a program and we fell in love with not only his project, but him as well. John introduced us to a small grassroots team of dedicated Rotarians that help youth and families lift themselves out of Extreme Poverty in Rwanda through education, job training and sustainable living.
 
It started out as a simple idea, give Grandmothers that were raising their orphaned Grandchildren a roof over their heads and a few necessities, like clean drinking water, a small kitchen garden, a couple of rabbits or the like. This simple idea grew to so much more. Moving into safe stoves to reduce the indoor smoke and burns, to community gardens that the women could work to feed not only themselves but the community while earning a small wage, to educating the forgotten youth.

This is just one of those youths, meet Dr. Emmanuel Mashyaka,
one of those potentially lost souls that pulled himself out of poverty with a hand that reached out to him. Dr. Mashyaka will give back 100 times more than he received in his lifetime. As the quote says: “Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person”. We are so proud we had a very small hand in this young man’s success story.
 
If you want to know more about this amazing program, go to 
click “Rwanda"